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Fynbos Tasting

Cape Town

Activity Description

“Giselle Courtney’s Cape Town Fynbos Experience is our hot new pick on the Cape floral calendar” – Conde Nast Magazine, April 2019.

Experience a taste of South Africa’s botanical heritage at a Fynbos Tasting in the historic Company’s Garden in central Cape Town.

Giselle offers Fynbos Tastings “steeped in a wealth of knowledge about the Cape’s rich botanical heritage” most Wednesdays and Thursdays 14h00-15h30 in the Visitors Centre.

2019 SCHEDULED EVENTS – bookings close 48 hours prior to each event – please feel free to enquire about alternative dates if you are a group of ten or more (maximum 16)

OCTOBER: 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
NOVEMBER: 6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28

“The perfect introduction to Cape Town, much more than just a tasting.”
Rated 4,7 out of 5 by international tourism industry guests hosted by Cape Town Tourism.
Ideal as a corporate teambuilder, tourist and leisure activity or celebration.
Tel. +27 (0)662255722 info@capetownfynbosexperience.com

Fynbos (fine bush-Afrikaans/Dutch) is the name given to a family of 7000 plant species that are indigenous to the southern tip of the African continent. The terroir produces highly aromatic and uniquely South African flavours. Fynbos comprises 80% of the Cape Floristic Region, the smallest, yet most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms.
You’ll be guided through a tasting of eight Fynbos botanicals starting in their most essential form as a herbal tea infusion, then sweet cordials, progressing to aromatic vinaigrettes and infused oils along with edible naturals and seasoning salts, culminating in soothing digestives accompanied by sweet treats.

The event is hosted by The Cape Town Heritage Trust in the former garden manager’s home in South Africa’s oldest formal garden. The Dutch East India Company grew fruit and vegetables here to supply their naval fleet passing the Cape from as early as 1652. The Medicinal Garden showcases additional indigenous plants used in traditional healing.
Venue: Visitors Centre, Company’s Garden, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

Duration: one and a half hours – allow time to linger and visit the indigenous Medicinal Garden. Onsite Heritage Shop specialising in South African Fynbos culinary and homeware products.
Rate R1200 per person including 15% VAT
Maximum number of guests: 16
Children over the age of 14 are welcome, full price

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenFynbos Tastings are presented most Wednesdays and Thursdays 14h00-15h30 subject to availability. Bookings close 48 hours prior to each event - please feel free to enquire about alternative dates if you are a group of ten or more (maximum 16) Tel. +27 (0)662255722 info@capetownfynbosexperience.com
WhereVisitors Centre Company's Garden 19 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town Pedestrian entrance: 15 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town central
WeatherAll weather conditions - the Fynbos Tasting is presented in the Company's Garden Visitors Centre
What to WearBe comfortable...
Things to BringA love of nature...
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guests

Requirements

Minimum Age14 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsN/A
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsRates include 15% VAT
ExclusionsEdible Fynbos bouquets are for sale at the onsite Fynbos Florist and the Heritage Shop stocks the distinctive SOUTH AFRICAN FYNBOS range of all-natural Fynbos salts and tea infusions, luxury greeting cards, elegant tray cloths and zesty cordials.

Notes

Be prepared to linger in this tranquil garden setting.

Customer Reviews

We really enjoyed the experience, we felt so connected to this South African unique treasure, and as we smell the dried plants we took home it still reminds us of the beauty of the wonderful Cape landscapes! Giselle told us lots of interesting facts about fynbos with all her passion and we enjoyed tasting it in some of its forms (infusion, distillate and salad!) - Fabio Limonta


Really uplifting and fascinating insight into the beauty and medicinal benefits of the Cape Flora fynbos. Brilliantly presented with exquisite attention to the detail and thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks to Giselle and we would love to come back to do the apothecary course. - Lucy Arterton




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